Running a restaurant is about as hard as playing a game of 3-D chess. So many elements have to work together: food, drinks, service—and knowing who ordered the squid with stinging nettles. Today’s pet peeve is from an anonymous reader, annoyed by the widespread and completely baffling practice of what she calls the “dinner auction.” That’s when a food runner or even the server himself, entrée plates in hand, needs diners’ help to figure out what goes where. READ MORE
While Bell's beers have built a cultish national following over three decades starting in their native Michigan, they've been just a tantalizing rumor in New York City. That changed last month, when the craft-brew pioneer rolled into town in a big way—not just at beer-geek hangouts but also at chain groceries, drugstores, and corner delis. "It is ridiculously good stuff," rose water writes on Chowhound, "and has quickly taken me from working-mama-who-is-too-tired-to-drink-alcohol-ever to let's-have-beer-with-dinner-again-tonight-shall-we?"READ MORE
It’s done: The blood orange digestif we started last week steeped for six days. (In case you missed it, CHOW photographer Chris Rochelle took the peel from half a dozen blood oranges and soaked them in two cups of grain alcohol.) READ MORE
We all love classic Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce, but is there an artisanal version of this crucial condiment and Caesar dressing ingredient? Chowhounds are on it.
Those who don't think macarons make a proper meal were pleased to learn that Ladurée's palatial month-old restaurant in SoHo would cover other food groups as well. Early Chowhound word on the savory dishes from the French-leaning menu is mixed. Tasty, generously portioned salads and club sandwiches win praise; undersalted omelets and pommes dauphine marred by a heavy dose of truffle oil do not. READ MORE
A bakery that calls itself Eclair had better make really good éclairs. Happily, Chowhounds who've tried them have no complaints. In fact, Monica declares them the best she's had Stateside, just sweet enough and distinguished by an outstanding shell. The praline flavor's her favorite, followed closely by plain, maple-walnut, and passion fruit. Other 'hounds single out the proper crème pâtissière filling. READ MORE
Grandma and grandpa need to eat, too! When a Chowhound posted a tongue-in-cheek request for restaurant recommendations for older diners in Oakland (with reasonable sound levels just as important as great food), here's what surfaced.